My eyes are wide... WalMart just announced that they're creating one of the 10 largest solar power projects in America and they're calling it "part of a pilot project." I guess these guys don't sweat the small stuff. If this is just a portion of their pilot project, I can't imagine what they might be planning down the road.
A couple months ago WalMart made a bit of a splash when it started actively searching for companies who might be able to help them install solar projects on hundreds of store roofs across the country. Their request for proposal included the possibility for over 300 solar roofs in seven states.
We got a bit skeptical when the story disappeared for a few months, but now it's back, and it's real. WalMart has accepted proposals from SunPower, BP Solar and SunEdison. These three companies will be installing solar projects on 22 WalMart stores in Hawaii and California.
They are certainly holding back from their original 300 roof proposal, we assume because they're waiting for the economics to make more sense, but 22 solar roofs is still a gigantic project. This shows a good deal more commitment solar power than simple PR. The project will produce more than 20 million KWh per year, and will probably have a maximum output of over 10 megawatts making it the largest private solar installation in the US, about six times larger than Google's gigantic solar roof.
Full Press Release Here
Number of Panels
written by Hank, May 09, 2007
Kohl's ups the ante
written by Jono, May 10, 2007
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